Confederate Army Frock Coat, Model 1861

This Confederate Army frock coat would have been worn during the American Civil War. It is a single breasted gray wool frock coat with eight brass State of Virginia buttons down the front. The buttons depict the Virginia state motto of "Sic Semper Tyrannis" around an image of Virtus standing over a defeated Tyranny. The bottom button on the chest is missing, and two buttons are missing on the back waist. There are two locations with missing buttons on the back of the skirt. There are three smaller brass buttons on the right cuff and two on the left cuff. The top button is missing on the left cuff. There are cloth belt loops on each side just above the waist and secured with a small button on the upper end of the loop. There is single breast pocket in the left inside of the coat. The coat is fully lined with padded wool. Sleeves are lined with a polka-dotted fabric. The same fabric is used to make a fabric loop on the inside collar.
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Physical Description
wool (overall material)
gray (overall color)
brass (buttons material)
average spatial: 40 in x 16 in; 101.6 cm x 40.64 cm
overall (padded): 39 in x 18 in x 3 in; 99.06 cm x 45.72 cm x 7.62 cm
associated place
United States: Virginia
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Civil War Uniforms
Military Uniforms
Civil War
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War Uniforms
Civil War
Military Uniforms
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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